Axis REIT 1Q net property income up 6%, declares 1.94 sen DPU

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KUALA LUMPUR (April 25): Axis Real Estate Investment Trust's (Axis REIT) net property income (NPI) grew 6.1% to RM38.15 million in the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 (1QFY18), from RM35.97 million a year ago.

Axis REIT also declared a first interim distribution per unit of 1.94 sen, totalling RM23.91 million for 1QFY18, payable on May 31.

In a filing with Bursa Malaysia, Axis REIT said net income for 1QFY18 grew 38.8% to RM31.43 million, from RM22.65 million a year ago. Quarterly revenue also rose 5.6% to RM45.09 million, from RM42.69 million in 1QFY17.

Total expenditure for the current quarter under review stood at RM21.4 million, of which RM6.8 million were attributed to property expenses and RM14.6 million to non-property expenses.

On prospects, Axis REIT Managers Bhd (ARMB) said it is optimistic that it will be able to maintain its current performance for the financial year ending Dec 31, 2018 (FY18), in view of the current satisfactory performance of Axis REIT’s existing investment portfolio and its growth strategy to actively pursue quality acquisitions. 

ARMB CEO and executive director Leong Kit May said the trust continues to strengthen their presence in the industrial space, having recently completed and handed over the newly-completed 515,000 sq ft warehouse — the Axis Mega Distribution Centre — to Nestle Products Sdn Bhd.

Axis REIT has also embarked on its second built-to-lease development of 178,000 sq ft industrial facility at Subang Aerotech Park, which is targeted to be completed by December.

On the acquisition front, Leong said the trust had announced its first proposed acquisition for 2018 of an industrial facility in Shah Alam for RM87 million, which is targeted to be completed in the second half of this year.

Axis REIT units closed unchanged at RM1.38 today, for a market capitalisation of RM1.7 billion.